Workshop Descriptions

All workshops are held at the Tompkins County Office for the Aging, 214 W. State/MLK,Jr. Street, Ithaca, NY

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The Michael J. Fox Foundation: How do we get to cures?

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
2:00-3:30 pm

Marco Baptista, PhD, The Michael J. Fox Foundation
Bryan M. Roberts, Associate Dean, Roy H. Park School of Communications, Ithaca College

Join Dr. Marco Baptista and Dean Bryan Roberts as they discuss the current state of research and drug development in Parkinson’s disease and the critical role that the MJFF is playing to move the ball forward. They will also talk about the use of technology in understanding both the disease and the lived experience of the person with Parkinson’s. They welcome your questions and we hope that you will join us for this rare opportunity to hear directly from a patient and a leading researcher on the topic of Parkinson’s disease.

Presenter biographies:

Marco Baptista, PhD, earned an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Toronto and a PhD in neuroscience from McMaster University, Canada. After completing his postdoctoral research at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Dr. Baptista spent more than five years in the pharmaceutical industry leading a pre-clinical Parkinson's program. Dr. Baptista brings drug discovery knowledge and expertise to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, which helps drive the funding of translational research.

Bryan M. Roberts is the associate dean in the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College. In this position, he oversees a wide array of student success initiatives including assisting with the creation and launch of the Ithaca College New York City Program. Trained as a media researcher, Bryan studies the impact of sexual and violent media on a wide array of age groups. Diagnosed in 2010 at age 30, he is committed to advocacy, philanthropy and clinical trial participation. Bryan is also on the Michael J. Fox Foundation Patient Council.

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